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Comment: Re:Who uses any of that crap anyway? (Score 2) 129

by gumbi west (#49090981) Attached to: Gadgets That Spy On Us: Way More Than TVs

Try anyone with an Android phone. On the play store, every google app (and several others) require the ability to record audio and video without your consent--and unlike iOS, you can't adjust the privacy app by app, permission by permission. We all know iOS isn't perfect, but they are way ahead of Google on privacy.

Comment: Re:One small problem... okay, two: (Score 1) 73

by gumbi west (#49070717) Attached to: Cellphone Start-Ups Handle Calls With Wi-Fi

I use republic and I have no such problem. At work, I use a password, and home, I use a password. But it really doesn't matter, Republic charges me $10 per month (maybe $11 or $12 with taxes?) and I still get unlimited calls and texts. If I upgraded to 3G, I'd be paying $25 (I think just under $30 with taxes).

Comment: Re: Backpedalled? (Score 2) 740

by gumbi west (#48964681) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

I would hope that claim of an allergy would have to be backed by a doctor to be viewed as worth anything. That said, I had one doctor tell me that my child was allergic to penicillin only to have another say that the presentation was all wrong and that he wasn't. The second was so sure he put my child right back on penicillin and he was, apparently, correct. Good thing too, you can get into taking some really nasty drugs (in terms of side effects / mortality rates) if you are allergic to penicillin.

Comment: Re:R wont run on linux soon (Score 1) 105

That's pretty good evidence that there is some relationship, you are right.

However, R is developed by a team out of the University of Wisconsin Statistics Department, lead by Doug Bates. I believe that the team at UW, not GNU, makes decisions about the direction for R's future development.

Nevertheless, your original point stands and I agree with you that I don't see that team moving from linux any time soon.

Comment: Re: BTC Insured? (Score 1) 80

by gumbi west (#48898289) Attached to: Winklevoss Twins Plan Regulated Bitcoin Exchange

The thing is that you are guessing about how it might work, not actually knowing how it does work.

If your account gets hacked and the money is transferred within the country, it can simply be recovered by transferring the money back because all the accounts fall under the same 'governance', even internationally there are some agreements for returning stolen money.

On the startup podcast, one of their investors accidentally wired the money to the wrong account and they only got most (about 2/3) of their money back because the other side had withdrawn another portion. The bank and police offered no assistance in getting back the rest.

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